So I found this website - Mama's Losin It and she has journaling challenges each week. I love those type of things, so here is my challenge I wanted to take.
2.) Begin with “I wish someone told me…”
I wish someone would have told me how fast time goes by and I really took the time to listen.
I remember back in high school people telling me these would be the best days of my life. I thought they were crazy. I remember I just wanted out of high school. The constant homework, the growing pains of living with love and heartbreak, working a job, trying to figure myself out and trying to find time for naps (which I sooo lived for) was just all too much. I was ready to move on with my life.
Enter in college. Again - everyone says to enjoy life, this is the best time of your life. Enjoy it before you actually have to go into the real world and work a job.
I ignored all of their advice. I wanted OUT - I wanted that real job. I didn't want to study for exams anymore. I wanted a real job where I could put all my learning to use and make some real money.
So I'm now out in the real world and I have a job. I'm married with children and people say, 'Don't kids grow fast. They will grow up before your eyes'. I heard this growing up all the time - "Wow, look at how much you grew'. All I could think about was how crazy my family was since they had just seen me a month ago!
When I was changing diapers and getting up during the night, I would have said, 'Yeah right'. It seemed to last forever! Kids grow fast, hardly!
But now Joey isn't a baby anymore. He's almost 5. He's big enough now to go outside and play without me. He's old enough to dress himself and to feed himself.
I look back, High school was one of the best times of my life. It was a time for me to figure out who I was. College was great too - I moved off on my own, I didn't have a real job, taxes to pay, a real mortgage payment, etc.
Now I look back at my kids and I see them growing before my eyes. I look back at baby photos and can't believe 'how fast they grew'.
I often think back on the advice that I ignored and ask myself why I didn't listen sooner and why I always have to learn the 'hard way'.